NIU’S LYNCH, CAREY BRING HOME MAC PLAYER, COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS: Mount Carmel grad and Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch has led the Huskies to a 12-0 record and a No. 14 BCS ranking.
Wednesday, he and coach Rod Carey were honored by the Mid-America Conference.
League coaches honored Lynch with the Vern Smith Leadership Award, presented to the MAC’s top player, for the second consecutive year, and the Huskie quarterback also was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second time. Carey became just the third NIU coach to be named MAC Coach of the Year, joining his former college coach, Bill Mallory (1983) and Huskie legend Joe Novak (2002) with that distinction.
NIU had a league-high six players named to the Mid-American Conference first team.
VALPO DUO NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-PFL TEAMS: Valparaiso's Alex Green and Stuart Barkley were named to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League team. Green (3.78 GPA) was named to the first team, while Barkley (3.65) was named to the second team.
PURDUE PULLS AWAY FROM BOSTON COLLEGE: Terone Johnson scored a season high 18 points; Ronnie Johnson added 15, and Kendall Stephens finished with 11 Wednesday night, leading Purdue past Boston College 88-67 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
The Boilermakers (7-2) have been one of the Big Ten's most consistent teams in the annual head-to-head matchup between the major conferences and proved it against one of the ACC's more reliable teams.
Purdue has won five straight in the challenge. Boston College (3-5) was led by Ryan Anderson with 16 points, but fell to 6-2 in the conference challenge.
NC STATE DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN: T.J. Warren scored 22 points to help North Carolina State beat Northwestern 69-48 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday.
Ralston Turner added 13 points for the Wolfpack (5-2).
Drew Crawford scored 17 to lead the Wildcats (4-5).
ILLINOIS STATE DOWNS CHICAGO ST.: Daishon Knight scored 15 points, and Illinois State rallied in the second half to roll over Chicago State 75-56.
Reggie Lynch scored 14 points for Illinois State (4-4); Bobby Hunter added 12, and the Redbirds outshot Chicago State (3-5) 47.2 percent from the field to 30.9 percent.
Quinton Pippen scored a game-high 16 points and three 3-pointers for the Cougars, Nate Duhon scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds, and Matt Ross added 11 and hauled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
IUPUI HOLDS ON TO BEAT BRADLEY: Ian Chiles and Khufu Najee combined to score 39 points as IUPUI (2-7) held off a late rally from Bradley to score a 72-66 win.
Chiles finished with 20 points while Najee added 19. Donovan Gibbs added 13 points off the bench.
Omari Grier led the Braves (5-3) with 17 points, while Walt Lemon, Jr. added 13 and Auston Barnes 11.
SMU BEATS UIC: Nic Moore scored 20 points and dished out seven assists to lead Southern Methodist University (8-2) to a 73-65 win over Illinois-Chicago.
Kelsey Barlow scored a game-high 31 points for UIC (3-5).
IUN UPSETS PURDUE CAL: Balanced scoring was the name of the game Wednesday night, as Indiana Northwest placed all five starters in double figures in a 74-71 upset win over NAIA Division II No. 18 Purdue Calumet.
Megan Holland led the way with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the RedHawks (7-4). Brianne Wischman, Rebecca Theriault and Nicki Monahan each had 11 points, while Danielle Zandstra chipped in 10 points.
The RedHawks shot 57.7 percent from the field for the game.
"I can't tell you how proud I am," IUN coach Ryan Shelton said. "It's always difficult as a coach to find the right words to motivate the team. Sometimes, they just come together as a team. When we're playing our best basketball, we're one of the best teams in the country, no question about it."
Madison Gervais led the Peregrines (6-3) with 18 points, while Brooklyn Short added 12.
ACHONWA LIFTS IRISH PAST PENN ST.: Natalie Achonwa had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 4 Notre Dame (7-0) in a 77-67 victory over No. 10 Penn State.
BULLS RECALL TEAGUE FROM DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: The Bulls have recalled backup guard Marquis Teague from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
The Bulls announced the move on Wednesday, a day after he was assigned to Iowa.
NFL FINES STEELERS' TOMLIN $100,000: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.
The NFL also said Wednesday that it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick "because the conduct affected a play on the field."
TRYOUT FOR EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS TEAM TODAY: Baylor Youth Basketball will hold tryouts for its eighth grade girls team from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Merrillville Intermediate School, 1400 W. 61st Ave.